There's so much that changes in the MG landscape throughout the year...we thought a plant trial and garden blog was the best way to start sharing "what's new" and "what's happening with all those new varieties" with you! Visit often for updates on how trial plants are performing in the gardens and to see photos throughout the season as we grow and change!

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Monday, January 19, 2009

New Roses 2009

Hello again!
Roses, roses, roses we exclaim in a similar tone as the Jan Brady's "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!" It seems that there are always new roses on the market and it is so difficult to decide on which ones to add to our product line. Sometimes it's easy and the plant has a name like Knockout(TM) attached and we have to do it. That only worked for one of the following, but I think we are offering a great new set of roses to you this year! Here they are:

Sunny Knock Out(TM)
The newest of the great series of shrub roses. As floriferous as the originals, this one offers yellow flowers that fade to a cream rather quickly. Similar size to the other varieties and the same great disease resistance.

Easy Elegance(R) All the Rage
Fantastic tri-colored flowers. Pink, coral and yellow on the same bloom. The flowers look very tropical. We did not anticipate this one to be very hardy. The foliage is incredibly glossy and they take on a plastic look. Japanese beetles are more likely to go after the other roses than this one. Robert Adolph's favorite!

Easy Elegance(R) My Girl
Fully double, very fragrant flowers. Christa Orum-Keller's favorite. At least favorite, not named 'Chuckles'. Another one with great flower production and nice foliage. Typically five or six blooms a stem. Very hybrid tea-like in appearance.

Flower Carpet(TM) Amber
This is a very unique rose to the line. Flower color starts a light amber color and fade to light pink. It has a nice mounding habit and can be mixed very well with blue or purple flowers. I think that a Geranium 'Jolly Bee' mix with FC Amber would be great!

Flower Carpet(TM) Pink Supreme
This was intended for release in 2008 for Midwest Groundcovers. Numbers in production were not good enough, so we had to wait a year. But it is here for you to enjoy now. Part of the next generation of Flower Carpets, this has increased vigor and flower production. Very disease resistant!

So there you have it! These are the new roses for 2009. Hope you enjoy them and plant them! And here's a little maintenance tip. The first year after planting, use 2-3" of mulch around the base of the plant. Here at Midwest Groundcovers, we use Midwest Trading's Pine fines. They work great. Do not cut the plants back until March as the more you cut back in winter, the further the die back will occur. Until next time, have a great day!

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